About

What makes our schools really incredible?

Golden Hills is an innovative and award winning school division providing students with exceptional learning opportunities, as well as, many varied sports, arts and cultural activities.  The outstanding Alberta education curriculum that Golden Hills offers is ranked among the highest in the world.  Students from around the world unite with local Canadian students to engage in high level academic study and a variety of other opportunities in the areas of career and technology studies, the arts and sports.  Our students represent a diversity of cultures and by working together they prepare to build a successful future as global thinkers and leaders.

Golden Hills provides significant supports to our international students including; an Academic Advisor who works extensively with our international students, school counselors at each program location, as well as inhouse Accommodations Coordinators who connect and check in on our students throughout the year to ensure an easy transition to their new environment, and to support them throughout their stay with us.

Golden Hills also offers a number of activities/trips in addition to those offered through the schools.  These are an important part of our program as students are offered the opportunity to visit places of interest and cultural events.  These contribute to a well rounded program where our international students get to experience Canadian hospitality, culture and some of the most beautiful sights in the world! Some examples of these trips/activities are; Banff National Park, Heritage Park, Skiing, West Edmonton Mall, the Calgary Zoo, Spruce Meadows just to name a few.  

Located east of the city of Calgary, Golden Hills offers first-rate placements at schools in the three main centers;  Strathmore, Three Hills and Drumheller.  It is the only public school division to offer both dormitory and homestay accommodations as an option.  






Programs

 

  • Elementary School pro gram (Homestay accommodation only)
  • Junior High School program
  • Senior High School program)
  • Fine Arts program including Art, Theatre Arts, Dance, Choral, and  Band
  • English as a Second Language program  
  • Summer Hockey Program (beginning summer of 2022)

 

Specialized Programs

 

  • FLEX (online) Program  - Flexible Learning for Essentials and Extras
  • GLP Program – Global Leader Program 
  • PLUS Program – (Extra programming and support, including a three year academic plan and Global Connections Certificate)
  • Winter Travel 15 (An opportunity to participate in an winter outdoor experience where you can also earn Alberta High School credits towards your diploma)

 

Length of Study Options

 

  • Full academic school year  (10 months)
  • Semester (first or second semester – 5 months)
  • Short-term (1 to 4 months)

Open Education Plan

Our Communities

 

 

Strathmore

Strathmore is located just east of the city of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway, and is a booming bedroom community that offers easy access to the big city while still retaining a small-town feel. Strathmore is said to be one of Canada's fastest growing communities. Strathmore is a vibrant community with excellent sporting venues, schools, shopping and walking trails to enjoy with the family.

There are a number of things for visitors to Strathmore to do: check out a hockey game at the Strathmore Family Centre, go for a swim at the Aquatic Centre, play a round at one of the golf courses or check out the scenery at one of the many parks.

 

Drumheller

The rich, rolling farmlands suddenly break away to reveal an astonishing, twisting, turning canyon, walled with multi-colored layers of sandstone, mudstone and coal alternating with shale sequences. The rock layers date back to the Late Cretaceous Period, just before the demise of the dinosaurs. Drumheller is located in the Heart of the Canadian Badlands. We are one of the few areas in the world where the sedimentary layers from earlier time periods have been scraped off by natural processes, exposing a rich cache of fossils and even complete dinosaur skeletons.

Drumheller is a favorite tourist destination, with more than 500,000 visitors each year.

 

Three Hills

The town of Three Hills is the ideal place to live, work, play, and study. Three Hills enjoys a variety of social events throughout the year and is centrally located within driving distance of various larger centres.

Three Hills has the security and quality of life a small town offers with numerous “big city” amenities. Three Hills boasts excellent recreation facilities including a hockey arena, curling rink, bowling alley, aquatic centre and historical museum. Three Hills has five parks within the town limits, as well as tennis courts and ball diamonds. Downtown features many retail and dining options.